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I thought I would post this as is ... an opinion from a different slant.
Quoting a few paragraphs doesn't really do it justice ... but I will try.
It's done in Q&A form ... hopefully Patters will give me leeway in the paragraph rule because of that.
To be fair here ...can any President ever get this impossible situation right?
I doubt it. McCain or Obama pretty much will have their hands tied with this and Pakistan/Afghanistan.
But Obama promises to be more engaged in the actual negotiations and help the parties reach comprehensive solutions.
Oh, and that is why he brought along Dennis Ross, a former Middle East envoy, on the visit to the region. Ross is responsible for the failure of the "peace process" and previously blamed the Palestinians for his failures. His associates, Aaron David Miller and Robert Malley, have been accused of siding with the Israelis during his tenure as special envoy to the so-called peace process.
What I mean to say is there is nothing wrong with pleasing Jews if it gets you the presidency.
You see, believing that this approach is inevitable is a symptom of racism. This mistaken approach holds that Jews can all be grouped into one basket of pro-Israeli maniacs or that they vote according to the wishes of Israel; that the “Jewish lobby” makes or breaks US politicians. These are mere claims made by misinformed outsiders or bitter and failed so-called “Arabists” (US diplomats who think US policy should care more for Arab than Israeli interests) or worse. The position that stipulates Jews control America is bred of outright ignorance or racism
Perhaps, but Obama needs Jewish support within the Democratic Party and there is no way he will get it by angering pro-Israeli segments or alienating those influential Jews who belonged to Hillary Clinton’s camp.
That could have been done and still be minimally fair or objective from a guy who is known to have befriended the likes of the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said. Telling the Israeli lobby Aipac that Jerusalem will remain the undivided capital of Israel (even when retracted half-heartedly) is going beyond the call of the campaign duty. The same goes for visiting Sderot.
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